PCAH Participates in White House Tuesday Chat on the Role of the ArtsPCAH Participates in White House Tuesday Chat on the Role of the Arts

The White House’s Tuesday Talk series  featured the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities (PCAH) Co-chairs George Stevens, Jr. and Margo Lion, as well as PCAH members Chuck Close, visual artist, and Damian Woetzel, dancer. Answering questions from online participants,  the Co-Chairs and members addressed a range of questions from the value of arts education to what kinds of roles artists can play in their local communities.  In response to a question about why the arts are critical to education, Woetzel paraphrased another PCAH member Yo Yo Ma saying " the arts make passion driven learning a reality by getting kids excited about a subject." The video chat  with the President's Committee was a first for the PCAH and part of the kick-off for the White House's Tuesday Talk feature. It also coincided with National Arts & Humanities Month, which was established in 1993, and proclaimed by President Obama at the beginning of October.

The Tuesday Talks is a new feature produced by White House to connect people around the country to engage with policy experts, administration officials and more every week on a whole host of topics. The series kicked off with a live a chat with Elizabeth Warren, the new head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.